A new recreational limit of four fish per person, per day is now in place for flounder in inland waters under jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Recreational seasons, size limits and creel limits in inland waters for flounder, sea trout, red drum, and gray trout are the same as those established in the rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission or proclamations issued by the director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters.  

The rule referencing Marine Fisheries’ rules for these four saltwater fish species was implemented in 2011 to standardize recreational seasons and size and creel limits for inland, joint and coastal waters.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a proclamation on Feb. 22 implementing the new recreational limit for flounder, effective March 1, in coastal and joint waters. The recreational minimum size limit will remain at 15 inches. 

For more information on the proclamation, including justification for the change, visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website, or call 800-682-2632; 252-726-7021.